Building surveyor Gwynn Gilmour inspects the roof of a
Castle St flat yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A Dunedin landlord taking part in a national warrant of
fitness trial for rental properties says the checks could
become mandatory, so being involved at the start is a chance to
provide feedback and iron out any issues.
Four of Jan Fraser's student rentals were inspected by
Flanders Marlow building surveyor Gwynn Gilmour yesterday
morning - two in Leith St and one each in Castle and Queen
The inspections take up to 40 minutes, depending on the size
of the house.
Flanders Marlow is conducting 25 rental property checks in
Dunedin for the Dunedin City Council.
The Dunedin, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch and Auckland
councils are each testing a 31-point checklist for assessing
the standard of rental properties.
Most of the 16 - a mix of student and other rentals -
inspected so far have been found to be in reasonable
The standard overall was fairly representative of the Dunedin
rental housing stock, Mr Gilmour said.
The checklist included insulation, exterior condition,
roofing, the kitchen, laundry and bathroom.
He declined to say how many flats had failed the assessment
at this stage.
Ms Fraser said she worked hard to maintain a high standard in
her flats, but was receptive to suggestions. She was not sure
exactly when she would receive her properties' reports, which
would first go to the warrant of fitness field test project
team in Wellington.
She supported the checks, which should enhance the health of
the population over time through improving the housing stock.
However, she was concerned about how new landlords might fare
faced with mandatory requirements to get a recently purchased
house up to scratch. She hoped to help those evaluating the
pilot to think through the practicalities when making
recommendations for a future mandatory scheme.
Dunedin City Council events and community development manager
Rebecca Williams said she had not seen the results so far,
but expected to once the national project group had them.
The trial was more about refining the assessment than how
many properties failed, she said.
Council flats as well as private flats were part of the test.